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Desertfest London 2015

June 13th, 2015

Desertfest London 2015

Camden Town, London UK
24th – 26th April, 2015

Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Graham Hilling & Martine Bocci

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Desertfest, commonly known as the greatest stoner/doom festival around, takes over London for a whole weekend each year. And as 2015 was no exception, Desertfest once more rolled into London’s Camden Town and Metal-Rules.com UK team were there to report it all. Well… at least most of what we can remember from it, as Desertfest is also known as one of the most fun weekends of the year. And you all surely know what we mean by ‘fun’.

Pints were had, bands were seen, music was heard, friends were made, good times were had and memories were lost. What more for a good time!?

When Red Fang, Eyehategod and Sleep were announced as headliners of Desertfest 2015, it was clear that it’s going to be a weekend not to miss. And it’s not just the headliners that make Desertfest the greatest doom / stoner party around. It’s all the people who continue showing up year after year and support the scene. And it’s also the festival organisers who put in hours and days of hard work to make it all happen and gather acts, like Acid King, Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punks, Orange Goblin, Angel Witch, Ufomammut and many more under the same bill.

Scattered around some of Camden’s most iconic venues, like KOKO, Electric Ballroom, The Underworld and more, Desertfest sure is one hell of a party to take over the usually tourist-packed area and bring together hundreds of like-minded people for some good times and better music. And here’s how it was for us…

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HAMMERFEST – Metal Marauders

March 30th, 2015

Hammerfest VII – Metal Marauders

Hafen Y Mor, Pwllheli, North Wales

Photographs and Overview by Mia Metall

On the road again! This was my second year attending Hammerfest and the 3.5 hour trip to our cosy caravan by the sea had begun on Thursday Lunchtime.

The festival has seen some changes from it previous formats and has now involved HRH. Hammerfest used to be spread across to stages in the main concert hall and the Boardwalk but instead this year was moved to the pub down in the Caravan Park leaving the HRH part of the festival to take on the main stage and HRH Stoner, Sleaze and Doom to take over the Boardwalk.

We pulled into Hafen Y Mor campsite just after teatime eager to get checked in. Hammerfest is no normal metal festival. The festival takes places on a Haven Holiday site with the stages that normally stage men in tiger suits and over excited children’s entertainers, instead hosting the very best underground metal bands!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

Each party gets a static Caravan, Apartment or Cabin to share with their rocking pals and it is all very civilized with a nice Bedroom, shower toilet and Kitchen don’t even get me started on the Living room, Fire, TV and DVD player! HEAVEN!

We arrived just in time to head back to The Mash and Barrel pub that hosted the Hammerfest stage, to see RSJ.

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ are a band from York with a groovy metal sound. The band brought energy to the traveling metalheads, with fast beats, powerful vocals and a energetic performance.

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ

Appearing animated on stage, their punchy brand of dissonant riffs, grimy riffs and vocal diversity was an alarming way to open.

RSJ

RSJ

After a few beers and pizza from the on site Papa John’s the next band up was Blitzkrieg.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg are initially from Leicester formed in 1980. The current line-up is Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar) and Bill Baxter (bass) .  Mick Kerrigan (drums) has recently parted ways with the band and they are due to make an announcement soon regarding his replacement.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Ross is the only remaining member from the band’s founding. The old school performance included many songs from the 1980s  and also their namesake tune famously covered by Metallica.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Melodic NWOBHM vocals and crunchy proto-thrash riffing led to beers raised in approval by the old school brigade.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Next up this weekend for me was Winterfylleth.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Following some technical difficulties the band opened their set with a wailing violin present throughout their set creating plenty of atmosphere along with the dark green stage lighting and the black metal riffs of the Manchester band.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

New guitarist Dan Capp fitted in well with the aesthetic created by the plain black t-shirts and swirling heritage sounds of England.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Elvenking livened things up with their folky power metal, complete with violin and face paints! The band’s mixture of genre kept a varied set which was well received.

Elvenking

Elvenking

 

Elvenking

Elvenking

Elvenking

Elvenking

Their unique makeup added some interesting variation compared to what had been seen earlier that day, and the Italians certainly impressed and won over some new fans

Elvenking

Elvenking

A chilly stroll from the pub, up through and past the sites lakes, complete with pedal boats shaped like swans and zip wire.

Over to the Boardwalk where the Doom night was in full swing. The Boardwalk also held the “metal market” an array of stalls including New rock and retailers of Patches and Merchandise, Kreepsville and banned, handmade and silver jewellery.

Diesel King played the doom stage.

Diesel King

Diesel King

Diesel King

Diesel King

With a blend of dirty sludge and down tempo heavy metal, the band played tracks from Concrete Burial and acid-tarpit.

Diesel King

Diesel King

It is great festival music, with their heavy, crushing beats and cutting guitars that could have well sliced some ear drums in half!

Diesel King

Diesel King

 

After a rainy few days the weather cleared nicely for a Sunny start to Saturday. After sampling the delights of VIP Caravaning and a sausage sandwich made my way upto the Main stage HRH to catch some White Widdow

White Widdow

White Widdow

Next on the HRH stage was Reach.

Reach

Reach

Reach are a hard rock band from Sweden seemingly with all kind of influences, particularly Europe! But the roots are mostly 70-80s hard rock.

Reach

Reach

The band seem quite fresh faced but the foundations are good if a classic hard rock sound is your thing.

Reach

Reach

Gleeming pop melodies may not have struck a chord with the more extreme attendees, but meant that the songs stuck in the minds of all newbies to the band

Reach

Reach

Sedulus are from London.

Sedulus

Sedulus

They have their own mix of stoner rock/ psychedelic space rock and progressive rock and metal and were well suited to the Stoner stage in the boardwalk.

Sedulus

Sedulus

Hypnotic guitars were molded together by free, jazzy drumming before being layered by a unique, atmospheric vocal style.

Sedulus

Sedulus

The song “Pilgrim” was especially memorable for it’s grungy sound.

Sedulus

Sedulus

Sigirya are a Stoner metal band from Swansea. The songs are mostly about time, space and earth.

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

A walk back across to the Mash and Barrel to watch  Skalmold.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold are a viking folk metal band. A catchy and energetic set went down really well with the audience and must of won the band many new followers who soon caught onto the lyrical content and joined in with the traditional folk like see shanties.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Amongst the pipes and typical folk elements, the guitars added a more doomy, dissonant flavour, with various vocal styles showing a range of influences from the orthodox to the extreme.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Lead melodies broke up any cliches and chugging riffs suggested some power metal tones in the mix aswell.

Skalmold

Skalmold

After a short break, and a Burger King, yes the site even has Burger King, I dropped back into the Stoner stage to watch Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

The West London metallers combined the best of fuzzy riffing and wicked themes whilst still showing a forward thinking approach.

Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

Their next show is at London’s Desertfest so if this sounds like your bag, catch them there!

A quick jog back over to the Hammerfest stage to catch me some Raging Speedhorn 

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Originating back to 1998, the Corby sludgercorers are now the most popular they’ve been in a long time.

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Kicking off with “Knives and Faces”, grabbing the audience who were soon well into the set and enjoying Dungeon Whippet, a hardcore metal band, formerly riding the new metal wave of the early noughties and are well worth checking out again.

 

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Orange Goblin followed their pals onto the stage to carry on the audiences good vibes.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Their doomy stoner metal went down amazingly as usual and even now on their 8th studio album, the band continue to go out there and make the stage their own with humbling thanks and excitement.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Joe Hoare’s dexterous riffing provided the basis for some soaring, festival perfect vocals to soar over.  Bluesy solos also broke up the more moody sections that were awash with choral guitar work and some fluent drumming

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

With all the excitement, someone somewhere got something wrong and we were left without water! So after nipping back to the “house” to use that wonderful en suite I ventured back out for the closing

A smoke filled stage started the evening with the usual theatrics for Hell.

Hell

Hell

The occult metal bellowed through as David joined the stage, whip in hand, covered in blood and with a crown of thorns.

Hell

Hell

Epic keyboards and guitars, supported by prowling beats and chromatic riffing won over fans in the ritual like atmosphere created by the elaborate as usual stage props and eccentric front man.

Hell

Hell

Despite having a few years on some of the other bands playing, they showed more than ample energy!

Hell

Hell

It wasn’t long before he was up on the crowd barriers casting out the sins of audience members.  The band took to the stage to thank everyone for turning out, making the joke of it being a Haven site…. and they are Hell… It’s Haven and Hell!

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

The theatrics continued with explosions, billowing smoke and lights.

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

All in all the weekend was a lot different to the usual Hammerfest set up, but the metal acts still made it a really enjoyable weekend and of course the happy little metal community enjoying their spring holiday on the beach.

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Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour – Calgary AB – Dec 14

December 28th, 2014

Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour 2014

Down and Orange Goblin

w/ King Parrot

December 14, 2014

Review & Photos by Monika Deviat

Down Photo © Monika Deviat

Down Photo © Monika Deviat

The “Punk Rock But Kinda Not” tour featuring headliners Down stopped in Calgary Alta., to play at Flames Central on December 14, 2014. Main support for the tour was Orange Goblin from England. Bl’st was not able to make it so Australia’s King Parrot were the only other band on the bill this evening.  The upper levels of the venue were closed off for a private function, but this tour probably could have sold a lot more tickets to pack the upper tiers. The party upstairs did come out to watch Orange Goblin and Down it didn’t look completely empty in the upper levels.

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Airbourne @ The Forum, London

December 18th, 2013

Airbourne

@ The Forum, London, UK

13th December 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Inty Malcolm

Airbourne

Airbourne

“I’d rather see Airbourne than AC/DC nowadays,” says one old-timer. “Yeah AC/DC are past it,” returns his pal. There’s a lot of shit being talked tonight. Either that or someone hasn’t been attending AC/DC gigs of late. What we can agree with though is that we really want to see Airbourne. A lot of people really want to see Airbourne. So much so that they’ve brought out The Forum. And some say Friday 13th is unlucky. Seems like a good omen down under.

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ORANGE GOBLIN @ O2 Academy Islington

March 5th, 2013

ORANGE GOBLIN

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell , The Earls of Mars, Desert Storm

@ O2 Academy Islington

15th February 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe

Photography & Video by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography

Orange Goblin @ O2 Islington Academy

Orange Goblin @ O2 Islington Academy

On the 15th of February we were given the opportunity to spend a Friday night watching Orange Goblin headline the O2 Academy Islington in London. It was the last show of their UK & Ireland 2013 tour in support of their latest album A Eulogy for the Damned. We knew it is going to be an epic night of brutal riffage, giant grooves and quite a lot of beer, but still the show turned out to be full of great surprises and lived up to our every expectation.

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DOWN @ The Roundhouse, London

October 28th, 2012

Down, Orange Goblin and Warbeast

@ The Roundhouse, London

21st October 2012

Review by Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Michelle Murphy



If the power of the riff compels thee, tonight should be the metal equivalent of a pilgrimage to Mecca. New Orleans, London and Dallas are pulling Southern cream out in abundance for the ‘In the Year of XII’ tour. Down, Orange Goblin and Warbeast are set to storm the Roundhouse, in a sold-out fiesta that sees beards, leathers and one confused fellow in a Black Veil Brides t-shirt struggling through the door. Poor chap has clearly lost his way…

I’m yet to witness the supergroup headliners in the flesh, but the last time I saw Goblin was at Bloodstock Open Air 2012. After several bottles of rum, I might add, and in complete abandonment to the awesomeness of the festival vibe. They were terrific then, and on hearing that they were main support to Down this time around, I terrorized the world wide web to gain access.

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2012

September 9th, 2012

Bloodstock Festival 2012

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

9th – 12th August

Review by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Jamie Hunter


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HELLFEST FESTIVAL 2012

July 29th, 2012

Hellfest Festival 2012

@ Clisson, France

15th – 17th June 2012

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photography by Sabrina Dersel



Move over Batman – there’s a new symbol dominating the night sky as Hellfest’s mighty H calls brothers to arms for a weekend, that quite frankly, would strike fear into the heart of many a-charging army. As one of the official t-shirt’s states: Keep repeating – it’s only music… it’s only music… it’s only music…
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